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The World Poker Tour has a new champion, after Patrick 'prepprepprep' Serda defeated a field of 792 entries to win the Season XVII WPT Montreal C$5,300 Main Event. Serda came into the final table at Playground Poker Club with the chip lead and successfully battled his way to victory to claim the C$855,000 first-place prize. At the official WPT final table of six, Serda defeated World Poker Tour champion Ema Zajmovic in heads-up play, and he also battled with Sorel Mizzi (3rd place) and WPTDeepStacks champion Upeshka De Silva (5th place). WPT Montreal Final Table Results 1st: Patrick 'prepprepprep' Serda - C$855,000* 2nd: Ema Zajmovic - C$556,000 3rd: Sorel Mizzi - C$410,000 4th: Kauvsegan Ehamparam - C$305,450 5th: Upeshka De Silva - C$230,250 6th: Jiachen Gong - C$175,500 *First-place payout includes a $15,000 entry into the season-ending WPT Tournament of Champions. The final-table eliminations began when Jiachen Gong was sent home in sixth place as the result of a three-way clash. Zajmovic, Gong, and Kauvsegan Ehamparam found all of the money in the middle preflop. Zajmovic and Gong both had ace-queen, and Ehamparam had ace-king. The ace-king held for Ehamparam and he won the pot to triple up, while Gong long to Zajmovic after she made a flush. De Silva was next to go, busting at the hands of Mizzi when his pocket fours couldn’t pull off the upset against Mizzi’s pocket jacks. Shortly after that, Ehamparam was sent home in fourth place by Zajmovic. Three-handed play meant Zajmovic was just two players away from her second World Poker Tour title. Serda and Mizzi were each looking for their first. After being fairly quiet throughout the final table, Serda woke up in a big way when he knocked out Mizzi in third place. Mizzi had fallen short and moved all in from the button for 3.2 million when the blinds were 100,000-200,000 with a 200,000 big blind ante. Serda reraised all in from the small blind for 12.6 million. Zajmovic folded from the big blind and it was Mizzi’s two sizes against the pocket nines for Serda. Mizzi failed to come from behind and was knocked out in third place for C$410,000. With the elimination of Mizzi, Serda was able to enter heads-up play with a slight lead. Serda had 16.15 million to Zajmovic's 15.675 million. Only a handful of hands were played between the two before Serda sealed the victory. The heads-up pots played between Serda and Zajmovic to start didn’t seem like much. Then, seemingly out of nowhere, the two collided to end the tournament. On the final hand, Zajmovic raised to 500,000 on the button. The blinds were still 100,000-200,000 with a 200,000 big blind ante, and Serda opted to three-bet to 1.6 million. Zajmovic came back with a four-bet to 3.8 million, and Serda called. The flop was [poker card="Ts"][poker card="7s"][poker card="6s"] and both players checked to see the [poker card="Ac"] land on the turn. Serda checked, Zajmovic bet 3 million, and Serda called to see the [poker card="3h"] land on the river. Serda checked, Zajmovic moved all in for 8.5 million, and Serda went into the tank. He eventually made the call holding just the[poker card="7d"][poker card="5d"] for a pair of sevens. Zajmovic had air with the[poker card="Kd"][poker card="9s"] and was eliminated in second place. Season XVII WPT Montreal event marked the first in the new four-year partnership between the World Poker Tour and partypoker LIVE. The event attracted 792 entries but failed to reach the C$5 million guarantee on the prize pool. The top 103 places reached the money, and notable finishes were had by WPT Champions Club members Jonathan Little (8th - C$105,500), Amir Babakhani (12th - C$67,000), Mike 'goleafsgoeh' Leah (18th - C$36,500), Marvin Rettenmaier (45th - C$14,978), David Ormsby (55th - C$13,221), Matt Salsberg (99th - C$8,712), and Darryll Fish (102nd - C$8,712). Next up for the World Poker Tour is the Season XVII WPT Seminole Rock 'N' Roll Poker Open at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. The full festival runs November 14-28, 2018, with the $3,500 Championship Event taking place November 23-28. Photo courtesy of the World Poker Tour.
November was a big month for attention-grabbing poker headlines. There was a hard-to-believe $100,000 prop bet that generated incredible buzz, the return of a high-profile lawsuit between a WSOP Main Event runner-up and the largest online poker site in the world, and the conclusion of a handful of prominent live poker tournaments that found winners. Here are PocketFives' top five stories from November 2018, plus a look at who won the PocketFives Monthly PLB title. Rory Young Reveals Details of $100K Pitch-Black Bathroom Prop Bet Poker players can be known to make wild prop bets, and that was certainly the case for Rory Young and Rich Alati. The two grabbed more than just poker headlines in November when their $100,000 bathroom prop bet was featured in headlines from several mainstream media outlets. It was one of the craziest prop bets we've ever heard of and will be one that is remembered for years and years to come. The bet was made to see if Alati could live in a pitch-black bathroom with no human contact and no electronics, among several other stipulations, for 30 days straight. Soon after the bet was made and began making its way around the poker world, PocketFives spoke with Young about the details of the bet and how it came to fruition. READ: Rory Young Reveals Details of $100K Pitch Black Bathroom Prop Bet Vayo Dismisses PokerStars Lawsuit; Stars Counters Alleging Forgery Back in May, it was made known that Gordon Vayo, runner-up in the 2016 World Series of Poker Main Event, was suing PokerStars for the winnings the online poker site withheld from him from a 2017 Spring Championship of Online Poker tournament that was worth nearly $700,000. That story made headlines everywhere within the poker world, but it made even bigger news in November when a November 12 California court filing revealed that Vayo had voluntarily dismissed the lawsuit. What really kicked things up a notch, though, were two things. First that the lawsuit was dropped amid accusations of forgery committed by Vayo. Second, PokerStars was seeking repayment of their attorney fees for nearly $300,000 - quite the tipping of the scales. READ: Vayo Dismisses PokerStars Lawsuit; Stars Counters Alleging Forgery Jack Sinclair Beats Laszlo Bujtas to Win WSOP Europe Main Event A former eighth-place finisher in the WSOP Main Event in 2017 for $1.2 million, Jack Sinclair was back in the World Series of Poker spotlight in November 2018, only this time in Europe. Sinclair made his way to the 2018 WSOP Europe Main Event final table and emerged victorious atop the 534-entry field to win the €1.222 million ($1.277 million) first-place prize. To claim victory, Sinclair had to defeat one of online poker's toughest players in heads-up play, Laszlo 'omaha4rollz' Bujtas. The victory earned Sinclair the largest payday of his poker career and first WSOP gold bracelet. READ: Jack Sinclair Beats Laszlo Bujtas to Win WSOP Europe Main Event Patrick Serda Wins WPT Montreal for C$855,000 The World Poker Tour was in action in Canada in November for the Season XVII WPT Montreal. The event attracted 792 entries, and it was Patrick 'prepprepprep' Serda who came out on top after entering the final table with the chip lead. Serda defeated the first female winner of an open WPT Main Tour event, Ema Zajmovic, in heads-up play to take home the C$855,000 ($652,801) first-place prize, denying Zajmovic her second World Poker Tour title. READ: Patrick Serda Wins WPT Montreal for C$855,000 Big Titles Won at partypoker Caribbean Poker Party in the Bahamas While the WSOP and WPT were busy dishing out titles in colder climates, partypoker LIVE was down in the Bahamas for the much-anticipated partypoker Caribbean Poker Party tournament festival. The series was full of big buy-in events, notables faces capturing huge sums of cash, and nine seven-figure prizes awarded. The first big tournament of the series to find its winner was the $25,500 buy-in partypoker MILLIONS World. The event generated 394 entries and fell just short of its $10 million guarantee, but enormous prizes were still to be had, including the $2 million first-place prize that Roger Teska took home after he defeated Steve O'Dwyer in second place. O'Dwyer scored $1.3 million for the runner-up result, and third-place finisher Charles La Boissonniere also took home seven figures, winning $1 million. READ: Roger Teska Battles Back to Win partypoker MILLIONS World for $2M We then saw a $3.685 million winner come from the partypoker $250,000 Super High Roller Championships event, and it was Steffan Sontheimer earning a new career-best score. The event generated a field size of 34 entries for a prize pool of $8.235 million. Sontheimer beat out Sean Winter in heads-up play, and David Peters finished in third place. Winter and Peters took home $2.43 million and $1.42 million, respectively. READ: Steffan Sontheimer Wins partypoker $250K SHR Championships For $3.68M In the $5,300 buy-in Main Event, another $10 million prize pool guarantee was on the line. The event fell short of the guarantee with just 1,815 entries, but the top three spots still gave out a million dollars or more each. Winning the event was Portugal's Filipe Oliveira, taking home the $1.5 million top prize. Craig Mason finished second for $1.2 million, and Marc MacDonnell took third for $1 million. READ: Filipe Oliveira Wins 2018 partypoker Caribbean Poker Party Main Event Sweden's 'lena900' Wins Another Monthly PLB Title in November Sweden's 'lena900' stayed hot and won another PocketFives Monthly PLB title in November after cashing 191 times for a total of $585,250. It was a dominating performance for 'lena900,' who racked up more than 4,900 points. The closest competitor was 'girafganger7' with a monthly point total of less than 3,900. A couple of the notable November scores for 'lena900' included a third-place finish in the PokerStars Sunday Million on November 25 for $80,555 and 569.39 points and a win in the partypoker Sunday Super High Roller: $100K Gtd on November 18 for $41,480 and 387.30 points. READ: Top-Ranked ‘lena900’ Wins November Monthly PLB Title
For the second Sunday in a row, a prominent online poker pro streamed a deep run in a Sunday Major, this time taking his audience on a journey that included a visit to the winner's circle. Lex Veldhuis beat out 1,068 other players, including Jonathan 'Proudflop' Proudfoot heads-up, to win the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up for $34,690 and was one of the highlight winners on another busy Sunday on the virtual felt. Sunday marked the debut of the $109 Sunday Million on PokerStars as a permanent fixture on the slate. The event attracted 15,550 players pushing the total prize pool to $1,555,000. The new buy-in also changed the payout table significantly. Both events paid roughly 18% of the field, but the winner last week received (before chop) 13.5% of the total prize pool. This week's winner, '555AU', took home just 8.8% of the prize pool for outlasting 9,713 more players. The Sunday Million also played down without a chop. '555AU' beat 'kmarao-Vi' heads-up to secure the $136,892 first place price. 'kmarao-Vi' was forced to settle for $99,334. PocketFiver Michael 'SmallKindB' Sklenicka rounded out the podium finishes by banking $72,087 for finishing in third place. The biggest buy-in event on partypoker's Sunday Schedule included some of the biggest hitters in the online poker world. The $5,200 buy-in The Big Game consisted of 211 players and pushed the total prize pool $55,000 past the $1,000,000 guarantee. 'edgybrah' topped a final table that included John Duthie, Roman Romanovsky, and former #1-ranked Patrick Leonard to win $215,114. Runner-up 'lqq1974' earned $156,140 while Orpen 'orpenkk' Kisacikoglu was left with $111,302 as his third place prize. PokerStars Sunday Million ($100 + $9 NLHE) $1M Guaranteed 15,550 entrants, $1,555,000 prize pool 555AU - $136,892 kmarao-Vix - $99,334 Michael 'SmallKindB' Sklenicka - $72,087 AAgoodfold - $52,313 Hookz - $37,964 Denis XXX007 - $27,550 simbadac - $19,993 rizseshus - $14,509 Expert Tver - $10,529 PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller, $150K Gtd 119 entrants, $238,000 prize pool Luke 'Bit2Easy' Reeves - $52,166.28 adkaf - $40,149.41 kimokh - $30,900.75 elmerixx - $23,782.57 Secret_M0d3 - $18,304.10 Roman 'RomeOpro' Romanovsky - $14,087.64 anteen - $10,842.47 Tankanza - $8,344.82 Sasuke234 - $6,422.54 PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller, $400K Gtd 1,081 entrants, $540,500 prize pool Turko_man - $43,974.09 + $29,635.16 Rick 'ThEcLaiMEer' Trigg - $32,232.36 + $11,273.43 xs169747 - $23,626.22 + $8,085.93 Jonas 'llJaYJaYll' Lauck - $17,317.94 + $1,710.94 Guilherme 'guix2x' Oliveira-Brasileiro - $12,693.99 + $3,250.01 Barato04 - $9,304.65 + $9,801.51 Z-ENERGIES - $6,820.27 + $6,743.65 losos007 - $4,999.24 + $2,343.75 Graftekkel - $3,664.45 + $1,781.25 PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-Up $175K Gtd 1,069 entrants, $213,800 prize pool Lex 'L. Veldhuis' Veldhuis - $34,690 Jonathan 'Proudflop' Proudfoot - $24,942 filusPL - $17,933 corresao - $12,894 chrtinho7 - $9,271 MinReraise - $6,666 dawwhiteninja - $4,793 Tom 'Jabracada' Hall - $3,446 Charlie 'JIZOINT' Combes - $2,477 partypoker $1,050 Sunday High Roller $150K Gtd 146 entrants, $150,000 prize pool ACHSO8000 - $34,485 Sami 'LarsLuzak1' Kelopuro - $24,750 nipa3p3 - $18,000 ReQui3m4 - $12,750 pinolerobeats - $9,000 GlobalHappiness - $7,125 p0kchkmonsta - $5,670 proudflop - $4,500 partypoker $1,050 Sunday High Roller Bounty Hunter – HR $200K Gtd 196 entrants, $200,00 prize pool Otxark0agabr0 - $15,804.19 + $12,851.72 Ciao_Polacco - $15,801.52 + $16,835 ReQui3m4 - $11,264.84 + $5,200 PeterLudolf - $8,328.50 + $3,654.22 LarsLuzak1 - $5,872.66 + $2,145 RedDwarf9 - $4,484.58 + $260 SpiritDNA - $3,310.04 + $5,330 MoNddLeR - $2,455.84 + $0 partypoker $5,200 The Big Game: $1M Gtd 211 entrants, $1,055,000 prize pool edgybrah - $215,114 lqq1974 - $156,140 Orpen 'orpenkk' Kisacikoglu - $111,302 Patrick 'Patrick_Leonard' Leonard - $82,290 Roman 'SanityWaterline' Romanovsky - $58,025 John 'John_Duthie' Duthie - $44,310 bgigra4 - $32,705 HeavensEdge222 - $24,265 partypoker $3,150 Super Sunday High Roller $200K Gtd 66 entrants, $200,000 prize pool aLiNeNok1617 - $61,000 haddoken - $41,000 WWWpartyC0M - $28,000 Sam 'bestindabiz51' Panzica - $18,000 ucantrybut - $14,000 HeavensEdge222 - $11,000 Drulitooo - $9,500 IamPEAKing - $9,000 888poker $215 Sunday Mega Deep 513 entrants – $102,600 prize pool Utd879908 - $19,853 Yattag0 - $14,877 888topPair - $11,286 Mr.Fonzi - $8,464 Mimm0000000u - $5,848 plomaha - $4,514 bossamtisch1 - $3,488 sonmonedass - $2,462